University of Leicester shortlisted for three Midlands Business Awards

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Nominations recognise entrepreneurial flair at University of Leicester

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 11 January 2011

The University of Leicester has been shortlisted in three categories at the 2012 Midlands Business Awards (MBA), which celebrates the hard work, dedication and passion of regional organisations and businesses.

The University of Leicester is one of five finalists in the 'Enterprising University of the Year' category. Former student Suleman Sacranie has been shortlisted for the 'Young Entrepreneur of the Year' prize, whilst Professor Bryan Williams was nominated in the category 'Innovation of the Year' for his development of a revolutionary new way of measuring blood pressure.

The winners will be announced at a gala reception in Birmingham on 3 February 2012.  Commenting on the awards as a whole, Professor  Schürer, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise said:

“The University of Leicester is particularly pleased with these three key nominations for MBA awards. Collectively they reflect the importance we are placing on enterprise, innovation and entrepreneurship across the institution. In the current economic climate it is especially important that the worlds of business and academia work together. We are keen to build on our existing achievements to enable the links between the two to become both stronger and closer.” 

The 'Enterprising University of the Year' category recognises outstanding performance from a university in promoting entrepreneurship amongst its business students. The University of Leicester has been nominated for the work done by the Enterprise and Business Development office, specifically their Innovation Partnerships project, which helps companies work with the University and benefit from the expertise of its academics.

Anjuu Trevedi
Anjuu Trevedi of the University's Enterprise and Business Development office.

Anjuu Trevedi, who directs the project and is Head of Regional Business Engagement at the University of Leicester said: "I am really pleased that the University of Leicester has been shortlisted for the Enterprising University of The Year award, this means a great deal to the University and to me personally as the Innovation Partnerships Director, being shortlisted confirms that our enterprise activities are working and delivering value."

Suleman Sacranie
University of Leicester graduate Suleman Sacranie, nominated for Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Former University of Leicester student Suleman Sacranie, up for Young Entrepreneur of the Year, has started four businesses since the age of 17. His start-ups have attracted thousands of pounds in investment and he has pitched his business ideas on BBC's Dragons' Den. Whilst studying at the University he worked closely with Enterprise Learning Officer Rajinder Bhuhi from the Student Support and Development Service (SSDS), winning a bid that saw original Dragon Doug Richard hosting a business master class at the University.

Rajinder Bhuhi said: "We were keen to have put forward Suleman Sacranie and are delighted that he has been nominated in the category of ‘Young Entrepreneur’ and look forward to the awards in February next Year."

Bryan Williams and Andrew Lansley
Professor Bryan Williams and Health Secretary Andrew Lansley examining the blood pressure measurement device.

Professor Bryan Williams, Professor of Medicine in the University of Leicester's Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, was nominated in the 'Innovation of the Year' category for his work with Singapore biotech firm SME HealthStats in developing a new, simplified method for measuring core blood pressure. Blood pressure near the heart and lungs can differ from that in the limbs, so the team developed a mathematical algorithm that calculates core blood pressure based on blood pressure measured at the wrist. The entire process is carried out by a revolutionary new device that can be worn like a wristwatch, making it far more comfortable and easier to use than existing blood pressure monitors.

Professor Bryan Williams from the University of Leicester’s Department of Cardiovascular Sciences,  said: “It has been a fabulous scientific adventure to get to this point and it will change the way blood pressure has been monitored for more than a century.”

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Notes for editors:

The MBA were launched in 2007 by local businessman Harj Sandher, as a way to recognise and celebrate the hard work of local businesses and entrepreneurs. The awards provide an opportunity for companies and groups across the Midlands to showcase their products and services.

Awards are given for achievements in networking, service provision and innovation. There are also prizes for Entrepreneur and Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

MBA website: http://www.midlandsbusinessawards.com/index.php

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